The moments following your arrest can be confusing and terrifying. Even in the days and weeks that follow, trying to navigate the criminal justice system on your own can feel like an insurmountable task.
There is no reason for you to navigate it alone. When you are charged with a criminal offense, start working on your legal defense strategy with an experienced criminal defense attorney in Fox Valley as soon as possible. The sooner you start developing your defense strategy, the better your chance of reaching a favorable outcome with your case. No offense is too small or insignificant to fight with an experienced criminal defense lawyer. Even seemingly minor charges, like a disorderly conduct charge or an OWI charge, can have a negative impact on your life that follows you for years. Invest in your future liberty and quality of life by hiring an experienced criminal defense lawyer to represent your case in court.
At Hammett, Bellin & Oswald, LLC, we work with clients facing the following types of charge:
As you can see, our team works with clients facing charges for white-collar crimes as well as other types of charges. If you are facing any of the charges listed above, we are equipped to defend your case. Our team also works with individuals seeking expungements of previous arrests and convictions.
When you are facing a criminal charge, you are facing one or more penalties that may be imposed on you if you are convicted. With certain offenses, there are mandatory penalties for convictions.
Additionally, being convicted of a crime means having to live with the stigma of having a criminal record. This can potentially keep you from securing a job or finding a place to live.
A criminal defense lawyer’s job is to advocate for his or her client. This means a few different things. In his or her role as the client’s advocate, a criminal defense lawyer:
Although you can represent yourself in court, this is not advised. There is more to a legal defense strategy than simply telling the truth, and it is easy to have the prosecution twist your words if you do not respond to questions related to the case carefully. Your lawyer will protect you from being mistreated and incriminating yourself.
When you work with a criminal defense lawyer to fight a criminal charge, your goal is to reach the most favorable outcome possible for your case. Ideally, this means proving your innocence to the court so they cannot find you guilty, resulting in your charge being dismissed and you walking out of the courtroom a free individual.
In reality, this scenario is not always possible. Sometimes, the best possible outcome for a criminal case is the defendant being offered a plea bargain, an opportunity to plead guilty to an offense less serious than his or her original offense. This enables the defendant to avoid the more severe penalties associated with the original charge, but it also guarantees that he or she will face some type of penalty and have to live with a conviction on his or her record. If you are offered a plea bargain, your lawyer will work with you to determine whether it is in your best interest to accept it or not.
Another potential outcome for your case is enrolling in a diversion program in lieu of facing penalties. With a diversion program, you are required to meet certain requirements, such as completing an addiction treatment program and avoiding any new charges. Upon the successful completion of this program, your charge is dismissed. Failure to meet your program’s criteria can mean heading back to court and having to face the criminal penalties associated with your charge.
If you have been charged with a criminal offense, you need an advocate now. There is no better advocate for you than an experienced criminal defense lawyer. To get started with one of the experienced criminal defense lawyers on our team at Hammett, Bellin & Oswald, LLC, contact our office today to set up your initial legal consultation with us. We are here to answer your questions, discuss your rights and legal options, and represent your case as you navigate the criminal justice system.